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    Senate passes Liias bill to reduce incidence of bicycle injuries, deaths

Senate passes Liias bill to reduce incidence of bicycle injuries, deaths

A bicycle safety advisory council would be established under legislation that passed the Senate unanimously today and is now headed to the House for consideration there.

Senate Bill 5402, sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, would create the Cooper Jones Bicycle Safety Advisory Council with the goal of reducing and eventually eliminating bicycle-related injuries and fatalities.

“About 400 Washingtonians every year suffer bicycle-related accidents, a number that continues to rise,” Liias said. “When cars collide with bikes, nine times out of 10 it results in an injury to the cyclist. This is a terrible trend that we must reverse.”

Liias’ bill builds on the Cooper Jones Act, which was passed in 1998 and named after a 13-year-old boy who lost his life while bicycling, to address pedestrian and bicycle issues. SB 5402 would assemble an advisory council to study trends and data on bicycle-related accidents and report its findings and recommendations to the governor in December 2018.

“As fatalities and serious injuries are on the rise for people who bike on Washington’s streets and roadways, the analysis and subsequent recommendations to be provided by this council are urgently needed,” said Alex Alston, the state policy director for Washington Bikes. “Through this Council, Washington Bikes looks forward to working with a diverse set of stakeholders to improve bicycle safety for all users.”

February 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Liias: Our state penalizes low-income taxpayers

As we all know only too well, middle-class dollars don’t go as far as they once did — we’re being squeezed more than ever to pay for the various public services that ensure the health, safety and prosperity of our communities. But what if I told you that we could afford the services we need without raising taxes on the middle class? In today’s Washington Whiteboard — the first of three segments that will examine our state tax system — I take a look at the upside-down nature of our tax system and how it demands the most from those who can afford to pay the least.

You can see this short video by clicking here or on the icon below:

February 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Hear the give-and-take from our telephone town hall

On Thursday, my 21st District seatmates and I had the privilege of answering constituents’ questions during a town hall meeting via telephone. You can hear the discussion by clicking this link.

On a related note, Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, Rep. Strom Peterson and I will also host an in-person town hall from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Meadowdale High School Great Hall at 6002 168th St. in Lynnwood. I hope we’ll see you there.

February 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|
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    Liias, colleagues: A business in Washington ‘doesn’t get to discriminate’

Liias, colleagues: A business in Washington ‘doesn’t get to discriminate’

The members of the Washington State Legislature’s LGBT caucus jointly released the following statement today on the state Supreme Court’s decision in Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers:

“This morning, our state’s highest court unanimously confirmed discrimination is always wrong. While Washington’s constitution provides strong religious freedom protections, it doesn’t permit one’s religious beliefs to violate our anti-discrimination laws. A business providing goods and services to the public doesn’t get to discriminate against some people under the guise of religious freedom. This is a victory for equality and tolerance in the state of Washington.”

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma
Rep. Christine Kilduff, D-University Place
Rep. Joan McBride, D-Kirkland
Rep. Beth Doglio, D-Olympia
Rep. Nicole Macri, D-Seattle
Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle
Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood

February 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

VIDEO: The Student Loan Bill of Rights

Sen. Marko Liias explains his Student Loan Bill of Rights legislation and the need to protect college students from spiraling debt and exploitation by unsavory loan servicers.

January 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|
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    Liias: Assault weapons ‘have no practical use in civilized society’

Liias: Assault weapons ‘have no practical use in civilized society’

The sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would be banned under legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood.

Similar to legislation passed in New York and Connecticut and upheld as constitutional by the United States Supreme Court, Senate Bill 5050 would apply to magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Currently, there is no limit on the capacity of magazines in Washington.

The legislation covers only sales, thereby grandfathering current gun ownership. The legislation would not require registration of existing weapons but would require them to be safely and securely stored.

“Mass shootings, I am horrified to say, are becoming a cultural norm,” Liias said. “They’re occurring more and more frequently and hitting closer and closer to home. We need look no farther than Mukilteo to realize how easily we or our loved ones could become victims of a shooting.”

Liias referred to shooting last July that claimed three lives and left another student injured at a house party.

“Three people died, but even more could easily have lost their lives that night,” Liias said. “High-capacity assault weapons have no practical use in civilized society except to make it easier for people to easily kill multiple people.”

Liias invited concerned constituents to contact his office at 360-786-7640 or marko.liias@leg.wa.gov. “Whether you support or oppose this legislation, if you have ideas you feel might improve this legislation, I want to hear them,” he said.

January 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|
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    Aerospace Futures Alliance names Liias ‘Legislator of the Year’

Aerospace Futures Alliance names Liias ‘Legislator of the Year’

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Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, has been named Legislator of the Year by the Aerospace Futures Alliance for his support of the nearly 1400 aerospace companies that make up Washington’s aerospace industry.

“Sen. Marko Liias was chosen as an AFA 2016 Legislator of the Year because has been a longtime supporter of the aerospace industry in Washington State,” said Kelly Maloney, the president and CEO of the alliance. “Throughout his service in the Legislature, the senator has focused on policies to advance a strong economy based on good-paying jobs, a safe and high-quality education system, and a balanced transportation system that serves the whole community. Among the many contributions Sen. Liias has made to the state, he was an instrumental player in the adoption of the most recent transportation funding package that was strongly supported by the Aerospace Industry.”

Liias received the award at the 11th Annual Governor’s Aerospace Summit at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

“It is an honor and a delight to be recognized by the alliance,” Liias said. “Awards like this are important, not for the accolades per se but for the confirmation that I have been focusing on the right priorities and that my efforts have helped boost the vital economic lynchpin that is our aerospace industry.”

November 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|
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    Sen. Liias: Washington consumers deserve to know if our state’s environmental laws were broken

Sen. Liias: Washington consumers deserve to know if our state’s environmental laws were broken

Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, has requested in a letter to Attorney General Bob Ferguson that his office investigate Exxon Mobil Corp. to determine if the company has violated Washington’s environmental or consumer protection laws.

The request stems from media reports that surfaced late last year revealing Exxon scientists learned decades ago the negative impacts fossil fuels have on the environment and the role they play in the spread of climate change. The reports also state these findings were covered up by top Exxon Mobil executives.

Liias’ believes that the concealment of these findings could have violated multiple Washington laws while defrauding Washington consumers with misleading and fraudulent science.

“Washingtonians deserve to know if a major company with a powerful presence in our state went out of its way to mislead, misrepresent and out-right lie to them,” Liias said. “Consumers vote with their dollars. If these underhanded practices took place in our state, Washingtonians deserve to know to what degree and for how long this has gone on.”

Attorney Generals in New York and California have already launched similar investigations and Maryland’s AG is considering similar action.

 

March 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

VIDEO: Why Washington must pass the Voting Rights Act

In his latest Washington White Board, Sen. Marko Liias explains the need to pass the Washington Voting Rights Act.

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March 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|
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    Legislature passes Liias bill to let students transfer college credits

Legislature passes Liias bill to let students transfer college credits

Students will be able to apply class credits earned at four-year institutions of higher learning to earn degrees at two-year schools, as a result of legislation passed today by the House.

Senate Bill 6354, sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, requires Washington state institutions of higher learning to develop policies to allow the transfers by Dec. 31, 2017.

“Higher education is too expensive for too many students, but this challenge is even worse for students who aren’t able to finish their degrees,” Liias said. “Creating a statewide reverse transfer system will ensure that students who aren’t able to finish a four-year degree can get an associate’s degree if they have enough credits. Giving our students credit when it’s due is an important way to encourage them to stay on the path to graduation.”

The bill also includes provisions for notifying eligible students that they make may transfer their credits.

As the bill had already passed the Senate and was not amended in the House, it now goes to Gov. Inslee to be signed into law.

March 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|